December 25, 2003
DINING OUT It's Auld Lang Syne to 2003 and welcome to 2004 as you climb the steps of the Huntington Beach Beer Company to celebrate the double holiday of New Year's eve and day. A mug of Huntington Beach Blond comes from the big steel brew vats facing you as you enter Peter Andriet's second-story bar and grill to find a place on the balcony, heated by tall lamps and alive with conversation. But the Beer Company is more. From the balcony, past a small bar is a long dining room offering pizzas and burgers, salads and pastas from a kitchen run by chefs Pedro Espanza and Pablo Gutierrez since it opened in 1992.
September 14, 2000
-- ROSEANNA MAHLER HUNTINGTON BEACH -- For almost 190 years, Germans have gathered for drinking, dancing and merrymaking during Oktoberfest -- one of the world's longest running annual parties. And the Old World Village in Huntington Beach is no exception. Beginning Sunday, and running through Oct. 29, the annual Oktoberfest will be held in the heart of the village at 7561 Center St. Those attending can listen to an oompah band flown in from Germany or participate in such contests as beer stein-holding, yodeling and beer drinking.
August 26, 2005
Laguna Beach prides itself on being an artist colony, where a spectrum of art genres thrive -- but who knew the performance art of beer pouring could fit into that category? This art form will be featured at 5 p.m. Tuesday when Brussels Bistro owner Alain Pauwels and manager John John McEvilly, both Belgium natives, compete to see who has perfected the art of beer pouring. They will represent Laguna Beach in the Orange County qualifier for the Stella Artois World Draught Master Competition.
December 20, 2001
Ron Davis Something new is brewing for the Pacific Shoreline Marathon, which will be held in Huntington Beach, on Jan. 27. For those without calendars, that's a Sunday, or should I say, Sudsday. That's right, folks, the Huntington Beach City Council has approved a beer garden for the participants in the race. If I may be so bold, I'd like to offer a slogan for the promoters of the event: "Beer at the pier, next year." Or maybe, "Get your brew in 2000 and two."
April 27, 2000
-- Story by Angelique Flores HE IS Brewing and baking BREAD-Y TO GO Midden runs BrewBakers, a shop in Huntington Beach where anyone can come in to brew beer and soda or buy a loaf of freshly baked bread. "It started with a dream to tie beer and bread together," the 47-year-old man said. "It's a celebration of yeast." Baking bread is second nature to Midden, who grew up in the baking business. "I'm a baker first and a brewer second," he said.
December 23, 1999
New Year's Day will mark a first for owner Peter Andriet and the Huntington Beach Beer Co.: It will be the first time since opening on Main Street that their 2 a.m. weekend closing time will allow the restaurant and pub to celebrate a New Year and a new millennium in the style they like. There will be two seatings -- 6:30 p.m. ($29.99) and 8:30 p.m. ($35.99), complete with party favors, a martini bar and a cigar bar. You name it, they'll try to have it. As Assistant Manager Chris Cunningham, a Huntington Beach High School grad, says, they have the beer -- six big vats at the entrance -- and the food to make New Year's a memorable event.
August 31, 2006
With all the commercializing of children's toys and parks, it sometimes seems like all activities come with an advertising scheme. Some parents sick of all the hype might find refuge at a brewery and pretzel shop in Huntington Beach. At Brewbakers, 7242 Heil Ave., owner Dennis Midden organizes group parties for children who want to learn about the two things he loves to do: brew and bake. He hosts parties for kids to learn the basics of baking bread and making root beer. On Tuesday, Lori Andreyka brought her daughter Cassie Andreyka and six friends to the shop for a party.
June 28, 2001
Like a kaleidoscope, all the pieces seem to fall just right at the Huntington Beach Beer Co. this Fourth of July. The new brewmaster Kris Martin has crafted golden bear brown ale just for Huntington Beach. The cuisine has matured under the direction of Pablo Gutierrez and Pedra Esparza; and owner Peter Andriet has just gotten married and moved into Plaza Almeria, the big new condo just a block from the Main Street location of the brewery. Climb the narrow stairs or take the elevator to the top floor of the high ceiling room on the corner of Walnut and Main streets.
October 17, 2002
Mike Sciacca Dean Rief has purchased trucks from all over the worldwithout really leaving Southern California. That collection, too large for storage in his Huntington Beach home of 37 years, has found a home at his business, a local warehouse distribution center for supplies, equipment and food services for supermarkets and independent grocery stores. The trucks that Rief collects are not for the road: this 70-year-old is a connoisseur of beer truck toys.
July 28, 2005
John Volo Great food, distinctive drinks and a lively band made for a delightful night out at Habana Cafe, a Cuban restaurant located near Beach Boulevard and Ellis Avenue. The smooth, rhythmic, salsa-styled numbers pumped out by a seasoned trio -- two bongo players and a keyboardist who replicates a horn section -- created a vibe Ricky Ricardo would have been proud of. Our friendly server quickly shepherded the ladies toward one of Cuba's more traditional cocktails -- the mojito.